Top 4 Real Estate Websites: Zillow, Trulia, Yahoo, & Realtor

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Continuing their dominance, Zillow, Trulia, Yahoo, and Realtor.com round out the top four used real estate websites, according to HitWize. For those who are unaware, Zillow powers Yahoo’s real estate sites making Zillow as a program both first and third. Realtor.com has slowly slipped from the top spot, but remains number one in a number of other important categories, like time on site.

As a local Portland Realtor, my suggestion is to use Realtor.com, or my Portland home search program. While Zillow continues to be the most popular it also has the worst data. Homes shown as active on Zillow may have expired or sold months or even years prior. Trulia maintains a better data program, but still suffers from occasional errors. Realtor.com prides itself on its data accuracy and is the most accurate among the big four.

As good (or bad) as the top four real estate websites can be, I believe my Portland home search program is better. Because my program is local, it only has to deal with a regional data feed and is updated more often then even Realtor.com. Since there is less data feed, there is less opportunity for error. Also it uses no third party programs and receives the data directly from the local MLS. Zillow is king because of its usability, not for its accuracy. My Portland home search program, I believe, it as easy to use as Zillow and is more accurate than Realtor.com. Plus, it has one feature none of the top four do: a big and beautiful full screen search. Give it a try!

July 31, 2012
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Stephen FitzMaurice

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor is a top 5% real estate agent in the U.S. and a top 1% agent in the Portland Metro. Principal Broker in Oregon, Managing Broker in Washington he has been licensed since 2003 for residential real estate sales in the Portland Metro area. Call him direct: 503-714-1111.

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